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Board of Appeals

About the Board of Appeals

The Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body that provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations. Originally created under the Charter of 1932, the Board strives to provide an efficient, fair and expeditious public hearing and decision-making process before an impartial panel as a last step in the City's permit issuance process.

The Board hears and decides appeals involving the granting, denial, suspension, or revocation of permits, licenses, and other use entitlements by various City commissions and departments. The granting or denial of variances and other determinations by the Zoning Administrator, and discretionary review decisions and downtown building authorizations of the Planning Commission are included.

Board Members

The Board of Appeals is comprised of five Board members appointed for staggered four-year members are appointed by the Mayor and two by the President of the Board of Supervisors.

List of the Members of the Board of Appeals


Appeal Process

Board of Appeals Process

The Board of Appeals provides the public with a final administrative review process for appeals relating to a wide range of City determinations.

Hearing Information

Hearing Information

The Board's public hearings are held most Wednesday evenings at 5:00 p.m. City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416, tel. 415.575.6880

Please note: Rescheduling Requests and Withdrawal Forms can now be filled out online (writable PDF format) and submitted via email. Please follow the instructions below. The best webserver to uses is Internet Explorer.

  1. Go to the “Resource Center” tab on the of our website.
  2. Click on “Forms”.
  3. Open the form of your choice (rescheduling request or withdrawal).
  4. Fill out the form and include digital signatures. For rescheduling requests, in lieu of a digital signature, you can attach an email from the other party which shows that they agree to rescheduling the appeal to the proposed date.   Send the form and emails (when applicable) to the Board Office via email boardofappeals@sfgov.org or fax (415) 575-6885.


If you have any questions about this procedure or the Board’s meeting changes, please feel free to contact the Board’s office at 415-575-6880 or email boardofappeals@sfgov.org 


Recource center

Board of Appeals decisions, forms, Rules, annual reports and other publications and information are available in the Board’s Resource Center.


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